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Not Your Typical AP

Though not your run-of-the-mill college course, AP Art offers students a rigorous, more structured environment in which they can create. This class allows high achieving artists the chance to choose between a 3D portfolio (ceramics, sculpture), a drawing portfolio (shows, mark making) and a 2D portfolio (digital photography/film).

Students in the class are required to do one to two projects a week in order to create 12 pieces of breadth and 12 pieces of concentration in a semester. Breadth demonstrates that students are capable of making multiple kinds of art, and a concentration is a final project focusing on a specific aspect of a student's art. “For my breadth, I did different styles and materials such as ink, pastel, oil and acrylic paint. I also did techniques like pointillism, fauvism, realism, and surrealism,” says Spenser Bower, a student of the AP Art class.

Mr. Barder, the teacher of the class, shares his insight on students’ work. “It’s both challenging and rewarding. Challenging, because sometimes at this level they ‘think they know it all,’ and are not always willing to try a style or technique that will put them outside of their comfort zone. Rewarding, when after 6 months of “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” they have produced a body of work better than anything they ever could have imagined.”

For KM Perform art focus students, this class can be especially beneficial. It gives students an opportunity to build their skills which helps complete their foundation courses and get a jumpstart on their portfolio, as well as earn some college credit. The class also helps students who wish to continue onto art school or other creative education build their work ethic and discover artistic talents they never knew they were capable of. Don’t be fooled, however, “You have to have exceptional time management and be able to move on and not get to attached to one piece, determined to make it absolutely perfect,” says Natalie Giombi, another student in the class. “The biggest thing is you have to be open to anything. Any topic, any medium, any feedback, any idea.” AP Art runs every year for students interested enough in art to delve deeper into their creativi

Emily Giombi - May, 2016